zaterdag 4 februari 2012

50 Books Challenge 2012 - # 6: The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Title: The Lucky One
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Story: When U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman half-buried in the dirt during his third tour of duty in Iraq, his first instinct is to toss it aside. Instead, he brings it back to the base for someone to claim, but when no one does, he finds himself always carrying the photo in his pocket. Soon Thibault experiences a sudden streak of luck—winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat that kills two of his closest buddies. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph—his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the photo—and the woman in it—out of his mind. Believing that she somehow holds the key to his destiny, he sets out on a journey across the country to find her, never expecting the strong but vulnerable woman he encounters in Hampton, North Carolina—Elizabeth, a divorced mother with a young son—to be the girl he’s been waiting his whole life to meet. Caught off guard by the attraction he feels, Thibault keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate and all-consuming love affair, the secret he is keeping will soon threaten to tear them apart—destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
Start: february 1st 2012
End: february 4th 2012
Comment: Nicholas Sparks really touched my heart with "The Notebook" and untill now that was the only Sparks novel I read. "The Lucky One" is another lovestory from his hand and I was really loooking forward to reading this. The story focuses on Logan Thibault, a marine who finds a picture of a smiling woman and soon after finding it his luck begins to change. In moments where he should've died he lives, he starts winning poker games, things start turning in his favor. When his friend tells him the picture is his lucky charm, Logan decides to find the woman, not knowing he's going to fall in love with her. This is one of those stories you wished happened to you, at least the falling in love part. This book is different from "The Notebook" because it's written from the perspective of three different people: Logan, Beth and Keith. Because of this, you really get to know each character, understand them, feel them. Logan is a man I would definitely fall for, just like Noah from "The Notebook". I liked him from the start and understood why he wanted to find Beth. I liked Beth too. A loving mom who has been dissappointed by guys many times. In Logan she finds that man she's been looking for and they are perfect for each other. Keith was off course not very likeable. He wasn't a great father, although he wanted to be. And eventhough I didn't sympathize him, I did get him sometimes. Nicholas Sparks has outdone himself and I'm looking forward to reading more of his lovestories.
Rating: 5/ 5

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